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Jancis Robinson MW gives her backing for formal wine education

Published:  28 October, 2013

Jancis Robinson OBE MW has given her backing for structured formal wine education at a special event for Diploma graduates of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in New York.

Speaking in her position as honorary president of the WSET she told an audience of current and fomer students from across America and Canada that getting her own Diploma had been a vital step in her own learning, and made the case for systematic wine education.  "Without it, you just tend to stick to those regions or varieties that you personally like and you risk never being in a position to discover new things," she said.

During a special tasting of wines that she had put together for the event she talked about the thrill of still making new wine discoveries and her continual quest for wines which out-perform for their price, but countered there were also man wines that did not deserve their price tags. She also spoke of her admiration for the younger generation of producers who combine "ambition and talent" to find new ways to innovate. 

Ian Harris, the WSET chief executive, also said at the event: "Of our total of over 48,000 students last year, 10% are in the USA, making it our third biggest market after the UK and Greater China. But where Diploma is concerned, the US is our second most important market, and I'm delighted to be able to put on an event here."

The dinner was held at Manzanilla Spanish Brasserie in Manhattan's Midtown.

Robinson, centre, is pictured with left to right: Mary Ewing Mulligan, director of WSET Programs USA, David Wrigley WSET global communications director, Ian Harris and Antony Moss, strategic planning director, WSET.